Technology Integration for Teacher Mentors

Today’s agenda Finding Finding information quickly Google tips cheat sheet Wolfram Alpha Sharing/Organizing Social bookmarking in plain English Delicious My Delicious site Goochland County’s Delicious site Media Integration Library of Congress- Digital Collections Archive.org Flickr Commons– blocked? Try this or this. YouTube – blocked at school? Get it for later Observation Tools ISTE observation tool HCPS TIP Chart Lessons Technology integration lessons


Nigerian EdTech Scam

Warn your CIO or technology director! Schools all over the country are getting taken by these Nigerian eLearning scams! It seems they’re selling technology at high rates and making outrageous promises of learning. Somehow educational institutions keep getting taken in! FORWARD THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!! VERIFIED AS TRUE ON SNOPES.COM _________________________________________________________ STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL Dear Esteem Beneficiary, Have you receive all promises from technology you bought? Or from any organization claiming that they have magic learning technology to sell you? We have been watching every transactions that you made from last year 2008 up till date and you have to know that we are also working to make sure that your great learning which is supposed to be delivered to students some days ago can be immediately be delivered to you without any further delay or any kind of excuses. The Federal Bureau of Education does not want any of our citizens to lose their magic eLearning technology and that is why we have been working every hour on our cyber watch department so you won’t get burnt by this scammers. We are aware of every payment you have made on the transaction you are into to make the transaction succeed, yet the results is still held down by the NCLB and the immigration officer at the airport. We want you to take […]

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From Good to Outstanding-PD on Steroids

From Good to Outstanding Follow teachers as they work to improve their practice with a team of experts. Each teacher delivers an initial lesson, observed by school inspector Clare Gillies, then using her and other expert feedback, they fine-tune their skills and try deliver an outstanding second lesson a few weeks later. This is one of those things that makes me want to move to the UK. If you have anything to do with professional development at your school this should really get you thinking. So basically- the lesson is filmed and observed by a master teacher they post the raw class footage people can then offer suggestions etc. online the input from the master teacher and online suggestions is analyzed expert feedback is given the lesson is retaught a compiled version showing before, expert mentoring and the after lesson is posted I’m looking at it like this. Classroom visits– You want teachers seeing other teachers teach. The way they capture the raw footage and put it up on the site is awesome. If you’re doing this you’re building a library of visits for people to use whenever and wherever without the additional overhead of providing subs etc. Modeling classroom skills– Perfect, real-world demonstrations of skills teachers want to learn done with your population. The video may need additional aspects […]


Laugh or cry

—Because I want to share the voices in my head with others Footnotes, italics, scare quotes and a few minor deletions by me . . . Original Article By Tyler Whitley _________________________________________________________________ Published: June 20, 2009 Bowing to pressure, the state superintendent of public instruction has abandoned her proposal to end the third-grade history and social studies Standards of Learning test. The proposal drew a bipartisan outcry from legislators and objections from parents, educational groups and textbook publishers. And after all, who should know better than these experts in education and parties without any financial interest in continued testing? Does the state superintendent of public instruction think she was put in place to decide what is best for students? Of course not, that’s what textbook publishers are for. Superintendent Patricia I. Wright said she made the proposal to save about $380,000 a year and because she thought third-graders were being tested too much. “Poppycock” sneered Ms. Stanflowski, a textbook lobbyist. ” Every study we’ve paid someone to do for us proves exactly what we’ve always said. It is impossible to give expensive multiple choice tests too early, or too often.” But superintendent Wright said yesterday that she will recommend, at the State Board of Education meeting next Saturday, proceeding with the test and that the board approve a timeline for […]


New Blackboard Executive Starts Blog, Opts Not to Use BB’s “Blogging” Option

—Another mock Chronicle article – it’s probably getting tiresome but it’s entertaining me right now. original article here by JEFFREY R. YOUNG footnotes, italics, scare quotes on blog and a few minor deletions by me . . . ____________________________________________________________________ The new head of Blackboard Inc.‘s course-management-software division, Ray Henderson, started a “blog” this week, and he’s already facing tough questions from critics. Blackboard’s top management wanted to know just what the hell this “blog” thing was and if there was a way to charge people extra for it. Eager to prove that he plans to bring change to Blackboard, Mr. Henderson declared that his “blog” is a sign of more transparent times. “Me joining the company means we’re going to communicate more often and more openly,” he wrote in his opening post on Tuesday. “We are even considering responding to phone calls from clients who pay less than $500,000 a year in fees.” “I’m excited about having a spot where I can muse out loud about my take on various things in eLearning, and have other folks weigh in with theirs,” he added. “In particular, I’ve got lots to say on the whole openness, standards, interoperability question. It’ll be particularly nice because if I talk about this stuff on company grounds I’ll be fired.” He allows comments on the blog, […]

Miami-Dade Workshop 6-11-09

Google Tips Google Advanced Search Google Book Search, News Search and Article Search PDF Tip Sheet – the shortcuts for advanced search Media Resources Archive.org – old Lucky Strike commercial, WWII British Propaganda Films, cultural and academic films WikiMedia Commons – picture of the day Flickr Commons – Simthsonian, Library of Congress, The White House, and advanced search (If Flickr is blocked give Compfight or FlickCC a shot.) Library of Congress Digital Archives – historic newspapers, audio interviews with former slaves, audio/video interviews with American veterans and a lot more iTunes Podcasts – audio and video of all kinds ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ [poll id=”1″] Blogs Educational Examples Classroom organization Debate Richard III Elementary projects Outsiders Vocabulary Byrd Middle Book Reviews Tutorials and Free Blogs WordPress Tutorials WordPress.com – free blogs Edublogs.org – free blogs Google Earth Get Google Earth for free or use Google’s My Maps option(You’ll need a free Google account to do this.) Educational Examples Google Lit Trips – books in context Google Earth Lessons Google Earth Math Lessons You can search for Google Earth files by keyword through Google Tutorials and More Google’s tutorials The BIG Keyhole Site- lots of everything including help The 3D Warehouse – just about anything you’d like to put in Google Earth Good Education Resources


Ethical Choices and Transgression in Games

Tom has been gracious enough to let me back in the door to blog my experience at the Gaming + Learning + Society conference this week. Ethical Choices and Trangression in Games MicroPresentations by Manveer Heir, Anthony Betrus, Monica Evans, David Simkins, and Erin Hoffman This rapid-fire session felt like TED on speed.  Each presenter had 7 minutes to present, then the floor was opened for discussion.  There were a couple clear themes that resonated with me. First, Manveer Heir was the only presenter to focus on gaming from a non-MMOG.  Heir pointed out that most modern games follow a black and white model of ethics–the kind of ethic you see in Star Wars, for instance.  In this framework, the choices of the players are very limited and do not accurately reflect the world around us.  He is advocating for a more “grey” ethic where the choices available to the player are vast and, at times irreversible.  In this grey ethic, the player would experience a larger pallet of emotions.  For instance, if you, as the player, are faced with a scenario where killing a closely aligned character would save a mass of people, and you knew you could not simply save and return if you didn’t like the results, you are going to spend some time determining the reletive […]


Playpower.org: Designing 8-bit Learning Games for a $10 computer

Tom has been gracious enough to let me back in the door to blog my experience at the Gaming + Learning + Society conference this week. Designing 8-bit Learning Games for a $10 Computer Presented by Derek Lomas Derek Lomas wants you to join his open-source educational software revolution.  Lomas, along with two other partners, founded Playpower when they realized educators was lacking a rich, open-source developer community.  He has fond memories of games like Lemonade Stand, Oregon Trail, and Math Munchers (and points out that some teachers are still using these game in their classrooms).  These games were simple, effective, and totally engaging.  Playpower would like to bring back the experience of trekking across the planes or building a neighborhood empire out of squeezed fruit.  “Teens love these indie games.  They get it.  And not simply because they are ‘retro’.”  It seems the field is ripe for educators to turn back to development:  An audience that loves the style;  A platform with restraints (limited graphics, RAM, etc.) that actually benefit the home developer.  The only piece missing is a central place where geeky teachers can go to solicit help, learn the language, and share their goods.  Playpower wants to develop that place. Lomas’ first project is to pull together/create a set of tools for a “$10 computer“.  That computer, […]


More Mockery

USA Today’s Dumbest Article (Today, that is) It appears that desperation breeds sensationalism. USA Today attempts to stave off irrelevancy by publishing nonsense. Modified article below. As usual, footnotes and italics are mine. Some minor deletions of original article may also occur. _______________________________________________ Original Article By Erin Thompson, USA TODAY Teens and young adults are more likely in their free time to check their Facebook page than read a book. And they are dumber for it. “If you examine history closely, you’ll see that the only free time option since the dawn of time has been reading books. Now we have one other option, that monstrosity, that corrupter of youth, that Facebook. I think you can see why we’re doomed.” That is Mark Bauerlein’s contention in The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, How to Sound Arrogant and Make Money Off Bitter Old People), recently released in paperback (Tarcher/Penguin, 236 pp.) Bauerlein, an English professor at Emory University in Atlanta, says Generation Y, ages 16-29, has been shaped by exposure to computer technology since elementary school. Those individuals who are 30 were lucky enough to escape this tragedy entirely and have normal levels of intelligence. The cost, he says, outweighs the convenience. Kids are writing more than ever online or in text […]